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Galaxy S7 may launch for cheaper, LG G5 tipped to spar with it directly at MWC

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Galaxy S7 may launch for cheaper, LG G5 tipped to spar with it directly at MWC
LG stopped short of confirming for us the other day that it will reveal the G5 a day ahead of the official MWC expo start, saying only that it will be a "major smartphone". Well, today a Korean publication is not being so timid, and claiming directly that LG has decided to take on Samsung by releasing the G5 on the same day that Samsung would eventually showcase the Galaxy S7.

This means that we might see the LG G5 earlier than usual, as in the last two years the company announced its flagships in April or May, instead of in February as is expected this year. The reason behind this decision? Well, first off, the insiders claim that LG is so certain that it has differentiated the G5 enough from the barrage of Chinese and other competitors, that it is ready to take on the Android world, and the Galaxy S7 in particular, directly. The second reason is more prosaic - LG would eventually reveal the G5 on February 21 just because it can, said one exec:

LG's decision to choose the MWC for its new flagship is also partly due to enhancements of application processors supplied by U.S.-based mobile chip giant Qualcomm, as its two previous versions ― G4 and V10 ― had been forced to use Qualcomm's less-powerful Snapdragon 808 due to an overheating issue.

The source reiterates once again that the LG G5 will have a new metal body, in sync with the times, while the Galaxy S7 will have big changes in the internal components, such as a faster chipset and new camera setup, but will stay largely the same outside. The other interesting tidbit we encounter in the publication is that the "minimal" design upgrade of the S7 compared to the S6, would also mean that Samsung is going to launch it at a cheaper price than usual, but we'll believe that when we see it. 

LG isn't adding only design and hardware value to the G5, compared to the G4, though, as the source claims it will also offer a new user experience and video streaming capabilities, divulging a partnership with none other than Netflix for the purpose. All in all, February 21st is shaping up to be the most interesting day for the first half of the year, so stay tuned to PhoneArena for the complete coverage of the competing narratives of the eventual Galaxy S7 and LG G5 that will get announced then.

source: KoreaTimes via G4Games

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posted on 15 Jan 2016, 06:39 10

1. keithtae (Posts: 541; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)

Waiting for the s7 edge.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:22 2

26. j2001m (Posts: 3005; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Hahahhahahahahahhahahahahah, this is a very bad idea lg, look what happen to the htc last year, it's like going up next to Apple and showing off your phone at the same time,Samsung will be on sky and the bbc and lg will be a no show, no phones apart from nexus are even offered from lg at carphone in the uk

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 16:47 1

39. rsiders (Posts: 1090; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Except that LG really is beating Samsung on hardware features these days. Besides design, battery life and the camera very, very slightly, LG beat Samsung in every category last year in my opinion. And with the promotional deals they offered and the fact that the V10 was cheaper on my carrier than the Note 5, I ended up with LG and boy have they rewarded me with an excellent phone and experience. Samsung still has the brand name and marketing but LG is doing more.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 17:56

42. xgrgtr (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)


posted on 16 Jan 2016, 18:55

44. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 845; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

Besides camera, battery, battery charge speed, screen quality (color accuracy, white balance, contrast), performance, and style, sure, maybe the V10 has something the Note5 doesn't have. Software maybe? Definitely, DEFINITELY not any hardware advantage.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 06:46 3

3. Avishek (Posts: 46; Member since: 25 Sep 2014)

Come on LG, am expecting a lot this time. Surprise us!!

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 06:56 3

4. Kumar123 (unregistered)

Go LG go. I will support you. This year android market will be dominated by LG (hopefully).

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 07:01 6

5. manojmcn (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)

"Galaxy S7 may launch for cheaper" - The catch here is, the standard S7 will be the least fancier among the 3 (or 4) versions and it alone will be as cheap as the standard S6. These analysts are the curse of Samsung every time, blowing up wrong expectations. The beneficiaries are the tech mag people who write big stories on these expectations and when reality strikes will criticize.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 07:05 8

6. artificialintelligence (Posts: 160; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

Looks like the G5 will be a S7 killer after all Sammy is so scared that they have already discounted the S7 price

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 07:20 1

9. manojmcn (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)

Yup, there are yet to recover from the shock given by G4 which now sells at the price of Galaxy A7(lol 2015 one) which was launched 6 months before G4.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 07:28 8

10. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

If battery is bigger and removable + SD card + camera sensor (1/2") + lowest price + metal body + iris scanner == Winner ! That's the simple equation

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 07:53

13. banglazbless (Posts: 106; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)

Says you? Lmao. I'll move on now, because I don't want to interrupt your wet dream.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:56 1

29. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

If the so-called killer is extremely irresistible, irrespective of the S7 price slash, it will still outsell Samsung you would believe right? However, it does not work that way.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 17:57

43. xgrgtr (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)


posted on 15 Jan 2016, 07:05 6

7. Hallyu (Posts: 677; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)

S7 & G5 would be the best in class smartphones in history. Long life both Samsung and LG

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 08:25 4

20. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

you admire both bcoz of patriotism, not bcoz of their efforts in technology. I think your opinions are totally biased. Same like some indians suggesting to name android after indian sweet just bcoz CEO is indian. These companies are global companies and not bound to one specific country. They are totally professional and mean business. Plz Grow up and be mature. By your mindset americans should only appreciate apple and japanese sony. I also admire LG and samsung for their efforts in technology, not for a silly reason.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 08:56 2

24. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

agreed. This guy "Hallyu" is supernova renamed.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:25 6

27. Hallyu (Posts: 677; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)

Dude you just get me wrong. I never encourage patriotism here. I never ask or tell anyone to love Samsung, LG or Apple based on their nationality... This article is all about Samsung's S7 and LG's G5, and that's what I was talking about.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:16 4

32. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

then its ok.

Lg and samsung really rocks

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:30 2

33. Hallyu (Posts: 677; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)

Sure, they do.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 07:36

11. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

Artificialintelligence you know what a rumor is. No one knows what it will sale for tell it is out.
I like LG and almost bought the V10 but got note 5. If V10 would have had a S pin type pin I would have gotten it. I do use the pin a lot.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 08:00 1

15. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

I'll be interested in LG again if they can finally surpass the G2 in battery life after 2 FRIGGIN YEARS OF TRYING AND FAILING, local dimming backlights in the display just in time for the rise of HDR media and PDAF to further speed up the camera.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:57

30. wargreymon (Posts: 763; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)

Unless they do 4K and mess up badly I think G5 will be fine in battery life. SD820 seems to be very good compared to SD810/808.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 08:15 3

18. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)

Korean war 2016 (they are both from south tho..)

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 08:28 6

21. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

doesnt matter. Their battle for market share will benefit us.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:58

31. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Exactly my thought.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:04 3

25. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)

LG sure has become really interesting for the past two years.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 11:10 2

35. BLSEOTB (Posts: 334; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)

The price is the deciding factor whether I get the G5 or S7.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 12:39

37. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2101; Member since: 29 May 2014)

LG has been on a roll since the G2 and Nexus 4. They've really caught my attention. Loved my G2, Nexus 4 and 5 and G4. G3 was good too but had a few issues. My V10 is amazing and if the G5 is going to be as good as they say, I may jump my line for it.

Had the S6 and S6 Edge Plus for a while but traded the Edge Plus in for the V10. I'm more an LG fan than Samsung but Samsung makes great phones.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 16:23 1

38. hakn5897 (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Dec 2015)

samsung doesn't care about lg... lg is not rival of samsung. samsung only care about apple and chinese market. that is reason why they launch s7 for cheaper price.

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